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California Typewriter (2017)

When the documentary California Typewriter was over, I went to my closet and dug out my grandfather's old manual typewriter, stuck in its box for the past several years. I was struck by a new appreciation for this beautiful old Underwood, and now it sits on my desk, ready for notes or stories, or what have you. I'm not sure anyone can ask much more from a documentary, to leave the film and be moved to immediately act upon what you've seen. I do wish the film had gone a little farther in its structure, been a little bit more playful, rather than a bunch of fairly typical interviews and "B" roll, but otherwise, I love it. read more...
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California Typewriter (2017)

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  • With: Tom Hanks, Sam Shepard, John Mayer, David McCullough, Mason Williams, Jeremy Mayer, Ken Alexander, Martin Howard, Richard Polt, Anthony Rocco, Silvi Alcivar, Herbert Permillion, Darren Wershler
  • Written by: n/a
  • Directed by: Doug Nichol
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 103 minutes
  • Release Date: 09/27/2017
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Brian Wilson's SMiLE: The DVD (2005)

Once upon a time, the Beach Boys were an amusing pop group with jaunty, sing-a-long radio songs. But then their leader, Brian Wilson, decided that something more was possible, and so created the album Pet Sounds (1966), a complex symphony-like masterpiece full of criss-crossing, stunningly complimentary sounds and soul-searching beauty. read more...
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Brian Wilson's SMiLE: The DVD (2005)

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  • With: Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks, David Anderle, Hal Blaine, Jeff Bridges, Elvis Costello, Roger Daltrey, Natalie Imbruglia, Carol Kaye, George Martin, Paul McCartney, Michael Vosse
  • Written by: n/a
  • Directed by: David Leaf
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 240 minutes
  • Release Date: 04/29/2005
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[email protected] (2007)

In the wonderful new documentary Young @ Heart, a group of seventy, eighty and ninety-year olds get together and perform songs by Sonic Youth, Coldplay, James Brown, the Clash, David Bowie, the Ramones and other contemporary bands. It sounds dubious and cutesy, but within minutes it reveals itself as the real thing and doubt gives way to unbridled enthusiasm. It's the type of film that sometimes becomes a word-of-mouth hit, although converts won't want to talk too much about what happens; as you may guess, some of the singers don't have long to live and one or two of them don't make it to the end of the film. Several characters become fascinating in their own right, but none more so than troupe director Bob Cilman, who does not pander to his singers because of their age. He's a tough, brutal drill sergeant, but he can open his heart when it matters most. The film's director Stephen Walker adds his own narration and occasionally enters into the film, which somehow makes it feel less like a documentary; Walker is just as caught up in the moment as we are. Walker's wife, the producer Sally George, directed several funny music videos featuring the group, but the film's highlight has to be a truly emotionally overwhelming concert at a prison. (As of today, the group has a following in Europe and has a CD available.) read more...
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  • With: Jim Armenti, William E. Arnold Jr., Joe Benoit, Helen Boston, Louise Canady, Bob Cilman, Elaine Fligman, Jean Florio, Len Fontaine, Stan Goldman, Eileen Hall, Jeanne Hatch, Christopher Haynes, Frederick Alexander Johnson, Donald Jones, Fred Knittle, Norma Landry, John Larareo, Patricia Larese, Miriam Leader, Patricia Linderme, Brock Lynch, Steve Martin, Joseph Mitchell, Dora B. Morrow, Gloria Parker, Liria Petrides, Ed Rehor, Bob Salvini, Steven M. Sanderson, Jack Schnepp, Janice St. Laurence, Ed Wise
  • Written by: n/a
  • Directed by: Stephen Walker, Sally George
  • MPAA Rating: PG for some mild language and thematic elements
  • Running Time: 107 minutes
  • Release Date: 06/30/2007
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Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

Buena Vista Social Club follows the Grammy-winning Cuban supergroup of the same name in a wonderful, relaxed documentary directed by Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas, Wings of Desire). We're introduced to the band members -- ranging in age from their 40s to their 80s -- slowly over the course of the whole movie. We're also reminded that these artists had been all but forgotten until this band was formed by American guitarist Ry Cooder. Wenders, who adores music as much as movies, is not interested in too many hows, whys, whens, or wheres. He simply wants to spotlight this band and its stories, and he succeeds, although the movie uses only chopped-up parts of their enchanting songs. The movie received an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary. read more...
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Buena Vista Social Club (1999)

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  • With: Compay Segundo, Eliades Ochoa, Ry Cooder, Joachim Cooder, Ibrahim Ferrer, Ruben Gonzalez, Barbarito Torres, Omara Portuondo
  • Written by: Wim Wenders
  • Directed by: Wim Wenders
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Language: English, Spanish with English subtitles
  • Running Time: 106 minutes
  • Release Date: 02/16/1999
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Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014)

I'm not sure how well-known or well-received Nas' 1994 album Illmatic is in general; on the great music ranking site Acclaimed Music.net, it currently clocks in as the 211th greatest album of all time. which seems a bit low. In hip-hop circles, it has no peer. It's incomparable. Some have even compared it to the Bible. It's certainly worthy of its own documentary, which marks the occasion of its 20th anniversary. read more...
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    Nas: Time Is Illmatic (2014)

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    • With: Nas, Cornel West, Swizz Beatz, Busta Rhymes, Alicia Keys, Olu Dara, Roxanne Shante, Jabari "Jungle" Jones, Marley Marl, MC Shan, DJ Premier, Large Professor, Wiz, MC Serch, Faith Newman, L.E.S., AZ, Q-Tip, Pete Rock, Henry Louis Gates, Destiny Jones
    • Written by: Erik Parker
    • Directed by: One9
    • MPAA Rating: NR
    • Running Time: 74 minutes
    • Release Date: 10/09/2014
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